Lupe Tops the Charts, Sells 204K

As expected, Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers album debuted on top of the Billboard Top 200 albums chart today (March 16) after selling an impressive 204,200 units, according to the Nielsen SoundScan report.

Although these numbers are just slightly lower than HitsDailyDouble‘s projected figures (220,000-240,000), estimated from Lu’s one day sales last week, it marks the highest selling debut in Fiasco’s career and the second highest first week sales numbers of 2011.

Raekwon also entered the charts today with his fifth solo album, Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang.  The Chef moved 28,900 units, which landed him a spot No. 12.

Although Nicki Minaj saw a slight dip in rankings from No. 12 to No. 16, the Young Money Princess continues to crank out at least 20,000 units each week.  Adding 25,300 to her tally this go-round, Pink Friday’s total numbers now stand at  1,213,000.

Eminem’s Recovery trails closely behind at No. 19.  Shady picked up another 21,900 units sold and is now checking in at 3,716,800 units in his 38th week.

At No. 32, Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy pushed out 12,500 more units this cycle, bringing its total to 1,074,400. Closing out the Top 40 at the last spot is Weezy. I Am Not A Human Being has an overall sales number of  806,900 following 10,800 purchases over the last seven days.

Next week look for Travis Barker’s hip-hop compilation, Give the Drummer Some, to debut on the charts..—Michael Naclerio

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  • No Name

    I bet he’s in his A&R’s office blowing the shit outta them now.

  • pap3rchazer

    see Lupe still did his #’s even tho he was doubting himself n making up a fake beef with atlantic records n suicide stories to use as a scapegoat if his shit didnt sell smh

  • Wonder Jenks

    How can you say any of that was fake….the alubm took nearly 3 years to drop. Lupe sold because had waited a LONG time to be able to purchase this album…he has a real fanbase that actually supports. Cograts Lupe, it’s well deserved.

  • Tyrannical T

    Shout out to Lupe. I got my copy. Raekwon took a shit trying the Versus concept. He is still the big homie though.

  • Que

    thats whats up im glad LUPE did some good numbers

  • kid video

    Anybody know Saigon’s numbers?

    • jimmyjam

      he did 11000 in the first week

  • HU

    So Lupe went pop and sold a good number. Does he sell out further or drop some real shit now that he has increased his fanbase and popularity? I fear the former.

  • biged

    those numbers mean cock to me. wu tang vs shaolin shits on that commercial garbage. but what do i know i wear baggy jeans. cant wait for coat hanga strangla

  • nicholasdelorejo

    Can someone tell me hjow exactly did Lupe sold out. Sure the album’s production is poppish but the subject matter is still serious as the previous albums if not more. Whether Criticizing his label (The Show Goes On), radio stations (State Run Radio), politics (The Words I Never Said), suicide(Beautiful Lasers), or racism in America (All Black Everything). If anyone should be considered a sell out its these posser-gangster rappers that will rap about being hard as shit but will run to be featured on a song by Katy Perry or Britney Spears. Lupe sold out no more that Common on making “Electric Circus”.

  • sosay

    How is Nicki Minaj still relevant and Drake’s album was out of the top 40 by September? Yet he said a top 5 hit and the biggest buzz since 50?
    Lupe and Raekwon need support, if you aint broke buy some fucking records

  • The Analyzt

    Guess the publicity stunt worked. Whatever it takes.
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